A man ransacked an auto parts shop in Minneapolis during protests over George Floyd’s death, believed to have links with a white-dominated group and trying to inflame tensions, according to a new court filing Was living
The video aired on social media in late May, showing an “Umbrella Man” dressed in black, smashing windows at an Autozone store with a sledgehammer.
According to a search warrant affidavit first reported by the Star Tribune and confirmed by NBC affiliate KRE, police have identified a suspect.
The affidavit states that the suspect is a member of the Hells Angels biker gang and is a member of the Aryan Cowboys Brotherhood, a white supremacist gang.
The man has not been charged and his name is not NBC News.
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According to the affidavit, on May 27, the video from the crime scene appears to be trying to discourage nearby people.
Minneapolis police officer Emily Christenson said in an affidavit filed Monday that an email tip sent in the past week alerted authorities to the intent of “sowing and racial unrest”.
The war said that the protest was relatively peaceful as long as your person’s actions were called ‘Umbrella Man’. “This man’s antics created an atmosphere of enmity and tension. Your Anurag believes that this man’s only purpose was to incite violence.”
Police allege that they later found that “Umbrella Man” sprayed the words “Free S — for every area” on store doors before breaking windows, according to the affidavit.
The AutoZone location was looted and set on fire.
According to the Anti-Defamation League, the Aryan Cowboys Brotherhood is a known prison gang that operates primarily in Minnesota and Kentucky. It is unclear whether it is associated with the Aryan Brotherhood, a white supremacist prison gang believed to have been born in the San Quentin State Prison in California in 1964 to fight a black prison gang during the prison closures Was.
The “Umbrella Man” investigation gave a search warrant for cellphone records and cell tower information.
Minneapolis Police did not respond to email or phone calls on Tuesday and sought comment about the warrant.
In the weeks following Floyd’s death in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25, protesters demonstrated in the streets against police violence and held talks about systemic racism across the country.
Some critics of the protests tried to discredit the demonstrations by citing incidents of looting or vandalism, even though protests around the world were largely peaceful.